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The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

The NRA's Most Ridiculous Video (So Far) Calls For Government Subsidized Free Ammunition

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

It came as no surprise when the NRA released a brand new YouTube video that literally makes no sense whatsoever -- on any level. In fact, it's so off-the-rails that it's difficult to imagine even the most loyal NRA automatons buying into what it says.

Mixed Emotions Over the Evidence

Philip Russo | Posted 09.07.2014 | Crime
Philip Russo

I never picked this nor wanted it. It was thrust upon me by some cruel twist of fate. There is no turning back for me. It doesn't matter how badly I want this all not to be real. This is who I am now. This is my life.

6 Hurt In Shooting, Stampede At Houston Festival

Reuters | Amanda Orr | Posted 07.05.2014 | Crime

July 5 (Reuters) - A shooter opened fire into a crowd at a Caribbean festival in Houston in the early hours of Saturday, critically wounding one man a...

Could a LA-Style Threat Assessment Team Have Thwarted the Isla Vista, Seattle or Oregon Shooting Sprees?

Art Levine | Posted 08.21.2014 | Crime
Art Levine

the department still grapples with the reality that at least half of seriously mentally ill people receive no treatment at all, a situation of possible danger to the entire community and, far more often, to themselves.

Shutting Out the Gun Nuts? Cigarettes May Show the Way

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

While waiting for the next mass shooting... ...

Outrage! Where Is the Outrage?

Bill Ayres | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Bill Ayres

There is outrage that leads to senseless violence and further repression, but there is also the potential for outrage that leads to peaceful protest, as in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement that I was part of more than 40 years ago.

Guys With Guns

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

We've had wars on drugs, on poverty, on cancer. We've had so many such wars that even our metaphors are now locked and loaded. Meanwhile, the guys with guns continue to wage their very real wars at home and abroad. Before we retire "war as metaphor," however, we should wage one last conflict: a war on guns.

Superman, Where Are You?

Carine Fabius | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Carine Fabius

This country is being held hostage by a group of monsters masquerading as members of congress and senators from the Republican Party. Nothing is too big to destroy if it is spearheaded by Barack Obama; and that goes double for America.

What I Have Never Understood About US Failure in Gun Control

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

In Pakistan, unless you are very well-connected, possession of guns is not an easy task. In contrast, the USA, one of the most advanced nations in the world, has such an easy access to guns that I am literally dumbfounded. And this access is coming at a terrible cost.

What Should You Do If Confronted With A Gunman?

AP | SADIE GURMAN | Posted 08.11.2014 | Crime

When a gunman menaced a small Seattle college, a student pepper-sprayed the attacker, ending his rampage. Police say his actions likely saved lives. ...

Law Enforcement and Mental Illness: Not What They're Meant For

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 08.11.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

I cannot stress enough the importance of staying longer, gathering more information and really utilizing the clues that are given, because often enough these results show there is someone in need of mental health treatment.

Oregon School Shooting Calls For Faithful Outrage

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Too many people worship guns instead of God. Still, Jesus and the disciples were stronger then all the Roman Empire two thousand years ago. The Cross lobby will still prevail against the gun lobby.

Nick Wing

If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting | Nick Wing | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school w...

What War Are We Fighting Here?

K. Ford K. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

I certainly understand the principle of defending liberty, but the practice of it has steadily evolved beyond all reason. With so many innocent Americans dead, what war are we fighting here? Why are Americans killing Americans?

Suspected Seattle Gunman Suffers From Severe Mental Illness: Lawyers

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | Crime

(Adds details of suspect's mental health history) By Bill Rigby SEATTLE, June 6 (Reuters) - The man accused of killing o...

Courthouse Shooting Suspect May Have Planned Assault For Days

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer says the man accused of shooting and wounding a deputy outside a Georgia courthouse had reached a plea deal in a drug c...

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

Dear NRA: My Country Is Proof That Reducing Guns Reduces Deaths

Andrew Leigh | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Andrew Leigh

Australia's gun buyback program reduced the country's firearms stock by about one-fifth, which is equivalent to the U.S. reducing its national stock by 40 million guns. And while some weapons came from households with multiple firearms, survey evidence suggests that the buyback nearly halved the share of Australian households with one or more firearms.

Celebrating Nosy Neighbors

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.03.2014 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

As America becomes a country plagued by community violence, mass shootings, school shootings and missing children, we must also become a country of nosy neighbors. Vigilance works. It's really up to us.

Reaching Out to Other Victims of Gun Violence

Philip Russo | Posted 08.02.2014 | Crime
Philip Russo

When I heard the news about the Isla Vista shooting, my heart went out to those families. I know all too well what they are going through.

Overcome Your Programming And Be A Better Man

Chris Gethard | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Gethard

I invite all the lonely, angry, nerdy little boys out there who are feeling that rage and creating a narrative where they are victims to remember that. I was once one of you. And I was wrong. I was so, so wrong.

The NRA's Dirty Secret: Mass Shootings Drive Gun Sales

Mike Weisser | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

he gun industry sits on the horns of a dilemma. They can moan and groan all they want about gun control but it is high-profile shootings that ignite the debate which then leads to stronger sales.

Santa Barbara Shooting Reflects American Culture

Byron Williams | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Byron Williams

Isn't it time to come to the realization that shooting sprees like the one recently in Santa Barbara that left six dead is simply part of American culture? Why treat it like an aberration?

I Am Not Elliot Rodger: A Crazy Person's View on Mass Shootings

Elad Nehorai | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Elad Nehorai

I am insulted when people lump people with mental health issues together like this. As if "being crazy" is some sort of umbrella term, a way to explain away any inhuman act a person does.